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A Puzzling Marriage | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

Married 60 years
Fred and Daisy still
are very different people.

All day long they hide
their differences to make
their marriage last

but every night after supper
they let them out silently.
Fred in his recliner works

a crossword puzzle while
Daisy in the dining room
works a jigsaw puzzle

but neither Fred nor Daisy
speaks a word until one has
finished and howls so loud

nervous neighbors knock
to ask if something’s wrong.
Are you folks okay, they ask.

Fred says it’s those coyotes
howling in the woods again.
He says Daisy feeds them.


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